Week of 4/21: Noteworthy News and Shows to See

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The Emergence of Black Playwrights, Directors and Actors

Because we at WWSF feel as strongly about parity in race and ethnicity as we do about gender parity, we are very happy to bring you this from Star Tribune. Rohan Preston writes about this welcome “sea change” in theater: “Black playwrights, directors and actors cropped up on stages all over this spring.”

“In the past two years, theaters such as the Guthrie and the Ordway have been targeted by critics for not including more women and people of color as playwrights, directors and performers. In a reversal of fortune, a bounty of diverse shows appeared on Twin Cities stages this spring, nearly all of which have received positive reviews.”

Women Playwrights Series starts at Centenary, NJ

“The 22nd annual Women Playwrights Series at the Centenary Stage Company will launch on Wednesday with “Fata Morgana” by Mary Humphrey Baldridge, presented at 7:30 p.m., in the Lackland Center. Also featured in this year’s WPS will be “In the Car with Blossom and Len” by Joni Fritz, on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m., “How Water Behaves” by Sherry Kramer on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m., and “Cygnus” by Susan Soon Ye Stanton, on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.”

Should Starring Roles Reflect Who Fills Movie Theater Seats?

Amanda Hess Slate asks on News & Record: “Last year, women made up 52 percent of the moviegoer population and bought half of all tickets sold. If I were a Hollywood executive, though, I might be asking: If women are already going to the movies more than men, why should I change my films to accommodate them?”

50/50 Applause Award for Theatres Around the Globe

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) announces the opportunity to nominate theatres for the prestigious third annual ICWP 50/50 Applause Award.  The award honors theatres and artistic directors who produced at least an equal number of female playwrights in ratio to male playwrights during their 2013/14 season.

The nomination period for the 2013-2014 theatrical season runs from May 1–21, 2014.  Criteria are listed on the web page.

Shows to See

Meetup – Femprov Fest

Join us for the Meetup of the month to go see the “bitchin’est improv fest” in town on 4/24. Use discount code WWSF for $12 tickets ($13.82 with service fee).  Femprov Fest is proudly presented by Leela at Tides Theatre, with sponsorship support from the San Francisco Improv Festival.  Female artists involved include Jill Eickmann (Executive Producer), Chrysteena Lairamore (Producer), Radhika Rao (Producer), Michel Salami (Producer and Graphic Design), and many many performers.

GCR’s After Juliet

Romeo and Juliet are dead. Their families are left to pick up the pieces, struggling to survive amidst the violence of police brutality and gang warfare. Juliet’s cousin Rosaline reps the Capulets and swears to do never-ending battle, but Benvolio Montague wants to end the violence. A historic gang truce is on the table in Watts. Which way will these street soldiers turn?
On the eve of the LA riots, South Central Los Angeles’ graffiti alleys and pounding bass lines set the stage in Sharman Macdonald’s powerful, Shakespeare-inspired play.

Runs 5/29 – 6/07 at the Flightland Deck in Oakland.

Disclosure/Just Deserts

From Carol S. Lashof: On June 25, Disclosure will be part of Virago Theatre’s New Play Reading Series at the Flight Deck in downtown Oakland.
And  THOSE WOMEN PRODUCTIONS will stage the world premiere of Just Deserts at the Metal Shop Theater in Berkeley (an Equity-approved production).  Opening on August 29 and playing through September 7, performances will be at 8 PM Friday and Saturday nights and 2 PM on Sundays.

In the Crosshairs with Martha & Thao is a two-person show about hair. Yes, hair! Martha Rynberg and Thao P. Nguyen muse on the politics of personal grooming. Have you ever wondered what your nose hairs would say if they could talk? Ever uttered “oops” while cutting your friend’s hair? Want to try on 15 different pubic hair wigs? This show explores our intimate relationships with the hair on our bodies.

On 4/24, at Stage Werx Theatre 446 Valencia St, SF.
Image courtesy: News & Record
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